Gilt Furniture

To gild something is literally to make it appear gold, and gilding as a technique involves the application of a thin coating of gold to a surface. Gilt furniture refers to pieces produced using any of several techniques, from the application of gold leaf or gold paint to a surface, to the use of chemical processes to produce a golden patina (such as in ormolu or bronze doré).

Gilt furniture became popular during the Baroque, when dramatic and vibrant colour was an important stylistic attribute. Gilding remained a popular decorative technique and aesthetic style during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when gilt bronze, particularly gilt bronze mounts, was prized as a symbol of luxury and excellence. Gilt furniture retains these connotations to this day, as demonstrated by Mayfair Gallery’s extensive collection of antique gilt furniture visible below.

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  1. Neoclassical 90
  2. Louis XVI 46
  3. Empire 33
  4. Louis XV 25
  5. Rococo 20
  6. Floral 15
  7. Belle Époque 13
  8. Napoleon III 10
  9. Boulle 10
  10. Classical 9
  11. Victorian 8
  12. Baroque 8
  13. Birds / Ornithology 6
  14. Louis XIV 6
  15. Figurative Art 5
  16. Renaissance 5
  17. Sèvres 5
  18. Régence 4
  19. Egyptian Revival 4
  20. Mythological 4
  21. Japonisme 3
  22. Transitional 3
  23. Restauration 3
  24. Gothic 2
  25. Russian Interest 2
  26. Chinoiserie 2
  27. Art Nouveau 2
  28. Music / Musical 2
  29. Animal / Animalier 2
  30. Aesthetic Movement 2
  31. Fête Galante 2
  32. Still life 1
  33. 20th and 21st Century Design 1
  34. Persian interest 1
  35. Meiji 1
  36. Japanese Interest 1
  37. Academic 1
  38. Edwardian 1
  39. Contemporary 1
  40. Arabesque 1
  41. Islamic 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 173
  2. Marble 69
  3. Wood 52
  4. Mahogany 45
  5. Giltwood 31
  6. Marquetry 29
  7. Mirror 28
  8. Ebonised Wood 25
  9. Porcelain 20
  10. Glass 19
  11. Kingwood 18
  12. Parquetry 15
  13. Gilt 14
  14. Brass 13
  15. Patinated Bronze 11
  16. Leather 11
  17. Satinwood 11
  18. Malachite 10
  19. Rosewood 9
  20. Tortoiseshell 8
  21. Tulipwood 8
  22. Onyx 7
  23. Upholstery 7
  24. Metal 7
  25. Hardstone 5
  26. Velvet 5
  27. Vernis Martin 5
  28. Amboyna 5
  29. Pietra Dura 4
  30. Enamel - Champlevé 4
  31. Fruitwood 4
  32. Bronze 3
  33. Enamel 3
  34. Mother-of-Pearl 2
  35. Amethyst 2
  36. Walnut 2
  37. Silvered bronze 2
  38. Silk 2
  39. Scagliola 2
  40. Painted Wood 2
  41. Ebony 2
  42. Enamel - Cloisonné 2
  43. Lacquer 2
  44. Lapis Lazuli 2
  45. Fabric 1
  46. Faience 1
  47. Papier-mâché 1
  48. Gilt Metal 1
  49. Porphyry 1
  50. Tapestry 1
  51. Ivory 1
  52. Steel 1
  53. Pewter 1
  54. Sienna Marble 1
  55. Hardwood 1
  56. Satin 1
  57. Sycamore 1
Colour
  1. Gold 198
  2. Brown 127
  3. Black 39
  4. Multi-coloured 35
  5. White 35
  6. Green 32
  7. Red 25
  8. Blue 19
  9. Cream 13
  10. Grey 11
  11. Clear 10
  12. Pink 7
  13. Silver 5
  14. Yellow 5
  15. Purple 5
  16. Orange 4
  17. Metallic 2
Country Of Origin
  1. French 169
  2. English 17
  3. Italian 16
  4. Continental 5
  5. Russian 2
  6. Austrian 1
  7. Belgian 1
  8. German 1
  9. Japanese 1
  10. Persian 1
  11. Spanish 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 83
  2. 19th Century 70
  3. Early 20th Century 29
  4. 20th Century 19
  5. Early 19th Century 9
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 2
  7. 21st Century 1
Artist / Maker
  1. Au Gros Chêne (French, est. 19th Century) 5
  2. Linke, François (French, 1855-1946) 5
  3. Riesener, Jean Henri (French, 1735-1806) 5
  4. Edwards & Roberts (British, founded 1845) 4
  5. Mercier Frères (French, est. 1828) 4
  6. Sèvres (French, founded 1738) 4
  7. Boulle, André-Charles (French, 1642-1732) 3
  8. Grohé, Guillaume (French, active 1829-1884) 3
  9. Dasson, Henry (French, 1825-1896) 3
  10. Weisweiler, Adam (French, 1744-1820) 3
  11. Ross, Donald (British, 1830-1916) 3
  12. Sormani, Paul (French, 1817-1877) 3
  13. Leleu, Jean-Francois (French, 1729-1807) 2
  14. Durand et fils (French, 1890-1934) 2
  15. Maison Krieger, (French, fl. 1826 - c.1910) 2
  16. Viardot, Gabriel (French, 1830-1906) 2
  17. Royal Vienna Porcelain Manufactory (Austrian, founded 1718) 1
  18. Zwiener Jansen Successeur (French, active late 19th / early 20th Century) 1
  19. Zwiener, Joseph-Emmanuel (German/French, b. 1849) 1
  20. Poteau, Edmond (French, fl. 1850s-1890s) 1
  21. Pleyel, Wolff, Lyon & Cie. (French, fl. c 1882) 1
  22. Rosel (Belgian, 1874 to early 20th Century) 1
  23. Thiébaut Frères (French, c. 1775-1926) 1
  24. KPM, Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (German, founded 1763) 1
  25. Maison Mottheau et fils (French, 19th Century) 1
  26. Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892) 1
  27. Jennens & Bettridge (English, fl. 1815-1864) 1
  28. Grade, Louis (French, active 19th Century) 1
  29. Giroux, Alphonse (French, 1809-1886) 1
  30. Érard (French, 1777-1971) 1
  31. Duvinage, Ferdinand (French, 1813-1874) 1
  32. Druce & Co (English, fl. 19th Century) 1
  33. Deveraux (French, active 19th Century) 1
  34. Della Valle Brothers (Italian, fl. 19th Century) 1
  35. David, José-Maria (French, 1944-2015) 1
  36. Chippendale, Thomas (English, 1718-1779) 1
  37. Carlin, Martin (French, active 1766-1785) 1
  38. Benneman, Guillaume (French, 1750-post 1811) 1
  39. A. M. E. Fournier (French, founded 1850) 1

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